2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe review: Absurd, but like, in a good way

It is really not just orange, it’s Lava Orange.


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While I stand company in my perception that the twin-turbocharged S is the sweet spot of the Porsche Cayenne lineup, I’m also not a single to pooh-pooh extra for excess’ sake. Following all, it’s hard not to get energized about a V8-packing SUV that harnesses the ability of electrical energy to supply a whopping 670 horsepower. And hey, wouldn’t you know, there’s now a ‘coupe’ model of that monster, far too.

Like

  • 670 horsepower, 663 pound-ft of torque
  • Excellent steering and chassis tuning
  • Fantastic PCM infotainment tech
  • Houndstooth seats? Chef’s kiss dot gif

Do not Like

  • ‘Coupe’ styling just isn’t worth the added revenue
  • Android Automobile is even now a no-go
  • Holy crap, this detail is costly

Sure, sitting down at the tippy major of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne vary is the new $164,400 Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. It is really the most costly Cayenne and the best expression of the SUV’s functionality likely: 670 hp, 663 pound-ft of torque, to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and a 183-mph major pace. This is a scorcher of a sporty-crossover-coupe-detail, with or with no my tester’s searing Lava Orange paint.

That functionality pretension is even more legitimate with this particular Cayenne Coupe, which has the optional Lightweight Activity Deal, yours for the not-insignificant sum of $eleven,570. (It is really $12,750 if you want the exterior facts in black carbon fiber expenditures $15,050.) This adds a louder exhaust, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber inside trim, a carbon-fiber roof and a couple of insignificant styling tweaks. Larger 22-inch wheels are section of this pack, far too, nevertheless a thing must’ve happened to individuals concerning when this German-spec exam vehicle leaving its homeland and when it arrived in my driveway, due to the fact the wheels you see in this article are 21s. I’m not complaining, nevertheless — the lesser-diameter wheels don’t actually account for any reduction of managing capacity, and they appear just as fantastic.

Acid Green calipers are amazing and all, but I’m not positive how I feel about them against this shiny orange paint.


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This bundle won’t flip the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe into a light-weight, nevertheless. Yeah, it shaves forty eight pounds off the overall curb body weight, but this chonky coupeover even now tips the scales at five,625 pounds. Fortunately, the Cayenne’s amazing chassis and steering do a whole lot to mask the sheer heft of this SUV. All variations of the Cayenne are superbly tuned proper out of the gate, and the Turbo S E-Hybrid’s conventional air suspension, adaptive dampers and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive do a whole lot to retain balance and composure when supplying this crossover astonishing on-street precision.

The steering is light-weight more than enough in Typical mode to assist you breeze by way of parking lots, but simply click the drive mode selector above to Activity or Activity As well as and you may be rewarded with the variety of body weight and suggestions you’d be expecting in a sports vehicle like Porsche’s personal 911. The $one,620 rear-axle steering solution is also a will have to, as it at any time so a little aids the back again close scooch its way by way of corners. Turbo S E-Hybrid types come conventional with Porsche’s carbon ceramic composite brakes, and they’re endlessly potent, with enormous, seventeen.3-inch rotors up front clamped by Acid Green calipers (which are a minimal significantly against this car’s orange exterior).

All Cayennes offer sharp reflexes, but what sets the Turbo S E-Hybrid aside is its bazooka of an engine. Acquire the Cayenne Turbo’s 4.-liter twin-turbo V8, include the fourteen.one-kilowatt-hour battery and 134-hp electric motor from Porsche’s other E-Hybrid types, and you get the aforementioned 670 hp and 663 lb-ft. You will under no circumstances, at any time want for ability, whether you happen to be coming out of a corner on a mountain street or just attempting to shoot the gaps concerning slower visitors on the highway. I have to say, there’s a thing oddly gratifying about silently cruising around below electric operation, nailing the throttle and waking up that bassy V8 as you blast off. I really like that type of fantastic/evil juxtaposition.

And of course, you can drive around driven exclusively by electrical energy, just not for pretty lengthy. The EPA has not officially rated the Turbo S E-Hybrid as of this producing, but the conventional E-Hybrid has a fourteen-mile electric vary. Place the Cayenne in its Activity As well as mode and the powertrain can ship added power back again to the battery, making it effortless to recharge on the go. You don’t have to rev the Cayenne to substantial heaven in purchase to attain this, either — I’m instructed the greatest charging takes area concerning two,000 and 3,000 rpm. If you do want to juice up the previous-fashioned way, it’s going to get about two.4 hours to replenish the battery through the conventional 7.two-kW onboard charger.

The Cayenne’s Hybrid Automobile mode is in which you get the ideal blend of gasoline-electric driving, the engine shutting off when it just isn’t wanted. Activity and Activity As well as hold the V8 awake all the time, and use the electrons for supplemental thrust. The Turbo S E-Hybrid will come conventional with Porsche’s Activity Chrono bundle, far too, which involves the all-devices-go press-to-pass button in the center of the drive environment dial. Use it the moment, and you may use it all the time.

The Alcantara wheel is section of the Lightweight Activity Deal.


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Aside from the superlative powertrain, the Turbo S E-Hybrid just isn’t all that distinct from other Cayenne Coupes. The badges have Acid Green outlines and there are lots of wheel style choices. The active rear spoiler is just as enormous and horrible, and the battery’s charging port is in the exact locale as the fuel door, just on the driver’s aspect.

Functionally speaking, the Turbo S E-Hybrid has the exact 22 cubic ft of house in the trunk (53.3 when you fold the seats) as the conventional Coupe, as nicely as the exact two- or 3-across rear seating choices and the exact superbly appointed inside. Honestly, the ideal detail about this vehicle is the houndstooth cloth seat inserts, which are only available with the Lightweight Activity Deal, and do a total whole lot to jazz up the Cayenne’s cabin, primarily as opposed to the uninteresting-as-a-DMV-wait-line grey inside of the S Coupe I not too long ago analyzed.

Tech goodies have above unchanged, far too, that means the amazing Porsche Conversation Management infotainment suite is housed on a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and the two Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay are conventional. The Porsche Connect application will allow you handle charging schedules and look at your battery’s status, and you can precondition the inside, as nicely.

Increase a couple of choices and this detail can quickly crest $two hundred,000. Woof.


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Heaps of driver-guidance niceties are available, nevertheless I go on to roll my eyes at how many issues are not conventional on a vehicle that starts off at $164,400. This specific tester is nicely geared up with issues like a head-up display ($one,270), surround-see camera ($one,two hundred) and lane-improve guide ($950), but it won’t have adaptive cruise regulate or visitors indicator recognition, the two of which have to have you to spend even more revenue. Hell, even keyless entry is $940.

All decked out, you can spend nicely above $two hundred,000 on a Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe my tester rings up at $192,590, which include $one,350 for spot. That tends to make it two times the price of the Turbo S-significantly less Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe which, rather frankly, is completely absurd. Then again, every thing about the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe is absurd — incredibly, fantastically absurd. Why must its price tag be any distinct?